Anything for home user and not the technical one??

Les hlhowell at pacbell.net
Fri Jul 23 01:35:38 UTC 2010


On Thu, 2010-07-22 at 05:39 +0530, Parshwa Murdia wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 3:24 AM, Paul W. Frields <stickster at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> > Fedora is certainly usable by home users.  My wife and children use
> > Fedora and I have had to provide them no support over the past several
> > releases, other than upgrading the system when the new release came
> > out.
> 
> 
> That's really cool. But initially some years back, when the first time
> you might have used, you must have guided the family to how to use but
> now they have become habitual and know the basics.
> 
> Here is the case that nobody knows anything about fedora, but i have a
> very small knowledge only and for the first time only using. So the
> correct question (w.r.t home usage and kids play) is that what basic
> should be learned out of fedora for a single having installed fedora
> 11 and no other external hardware is there. what my intention is that
> my wife should be able to use fedora and I also perfectly so starting
> from the basics and running commands only in the terminal is always
> not okay becoz exposure to usage has been delimited in this case.
> 
> 
> > If your computer is only a few years old, I would really recommend
> > starting with the latest Fedora, which is Fedora 13.
> 
> correct, but even if fedora 11 is used, i don't think the loss of
> generality but basics are same. fedora 13 and more to come must be
> having more features to be known though we are still unaware of the
> old fact and features related with fedora.
> 
> Regards,
> Parshwa Murdia
The advantage of a gui system is that most of what your family already
knows from windows works very nearly identically.  The bits that don't
they can google or ask you and you can google.  

For example, the setup of the system has several good step by step
guidelines on Fedora.org.  Your browser, firefox, has a link that will
take you to the Fedora website, and there are links there to various
support bits.  Each application, Firefox, OpenOffice (or OO), the
various games and all applications each have their own supporting
groups, most are supported by one of the code development sites, and
they support manuals, training links and Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQs) to help novices on their software get up and running.  

Fedora is unique only because it rotates software frequently, about
every 18 months for the release cycle with about 36 months support.  So
if you go to Fedora 13 today, it will be fully supported for another
year roughly before Fedora 14 comes out, and then supported for 18
months after that.  The reasons to upgrade are due to the evolution of
protection against attacks, new and better (we hope) software, and new
developments in general related to computing.

So to advise you, any question in computing can be answered, but first
you have to phrase the exact question you want answered.  Fedora is a
support organization for one particular flavor of the Linux Operating
System.  The things you do on a computer are applications. Fedora
gathers a common subset of these applications and publishes the works as
a release of Linux.  Fedora as a group supports the OS.  The
applications are supported by their own Special Interest Groups, which
are hosted on various software development sites.  You can ask here to
get guidance to some sites that support the application, and sometimes
you can get very specific answers, but the applications are truly
supported by their own groups.

Just as if you bought Adobe Photoshop for your Microsoft system, you
would have to go to Adobe to get specific answers about Photoshop.

The best part if you have any budding computer scientists, is that the
full source code of the entire system is available to examine, compile
yourself and work on to see which piece does what.

Thank you for joining the Fedora community, and I hope you find us
helpful.

Regards,
Les H




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